The Descendents

2018-10-09T07:53:00+00:00By |Family, Inspiration, Uncategorized|

In the movie The Descendents starring George Clooney, the offspring of an Hawaiian family fight over whether to sell their family’s ancestral land to developers or to keep it in the family. The story was really about Clooney coming to terms with an affair his wife had been having before [...]

Ups and Downs of Creative Living

2018-10-09T07:53:00+00:00By |Inspiration, The Process|

As you know, I am passionate about keeping family stories alive. Last month, I had an article published in the local newspaper about a community initiative called “My Story is the Peninsula’s Story.” The Palos Verdes Library District is sponsoring an historic program to scan and upload photos and texts [...]

Mother’s Day Memory

2018-10-09T07:53:00+00:00By |Family, Inspiration|

"What do girls do who haven't any mothers to help them through their troubles?" — Louisa May Alcott A favorite Mother’s Day memory is this photograph of me, my grandmother, my mother, and my daughter taken on Mother’s Day in 2003 in front of the old Marmalade Café in Palos [...]

Why Traveling Is Good For You

2018-10-09T07:53:00+00:00By |Inspiration|

On a recent spring break trip to Cancun, Mexico, I rediscovered the thrill of traveling and how seeing a different culture can bring so much wonder, as well as perspective to your own life. Traveling is unpredictable, and we make unexpected connections with people that makes traveling so much fun [...]

3 Lessons I Learned This Year About Writing

2018-10-09T07:53:00+00:00By |Inspiration|

“Unless you confess your own emotional stakes in a project, why should a reader have any?” – Mary Karr, from The Art of Memoir Since my first blog post about a year ago, I have learned a lot of things about being a writer and pursuing a creative activity. As [...]

I’m In the Stacks at the PV Library

2018-10-09T07:53:00+00:00By |Books, Inspiration|

One of the many things I love about the Palos Verdes Peninsula is our awesome library district. Several times a year the Palos Verdes Library District will host events that encourage residents both young and old to read and to write. I saw this ad on the library blog late [...]

My Case Study by On Location Photography

2018-10-09T07:53:00+00:00By |Inspiration|

This article was posted on the On Location Photography Website. Thanks so much to Karin Fuire for making me a case study! Having a presence on your website, social media platforms, and in print is critical to your business. Yet just having a site or a Facebook page [...]


2018-10-09T07:53:00+00:00By |Echoes Across Time, Family, Inspiration|

I was kidnapped by a leper in Korea when I was three Me circa 1967 My maternal grandmother told me my kidnapping story long ago when we shared a bedroom together in my parents’ first home in America. She often talked about her life in Korea, but was [...]

The Simple Joy of Giving

2018-10-09T07:53:01+00:00By |Inspiration|

In the spirit of the holidays, I want to share with you a story about giving. It’s about my experience volunteering at the Ticktocker Thrift shop and how much joy it has brought me to work there. I decided to write about it for my National Novel Writing Month project. [...]